The Regional College/Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to motivated students returning to a formal education after a hiatus for other pursuits. These scholarship candidates may have left formal education for business, the military, or other reasons, possibly for an extended period, and are now seeking to expand their opportunities with a certificate or a two-year degree through a program in the regional area.
Selection is based primarily on merit, similar to the other LAESF Scholarships. But because the focus is on returning students, some of whom may have been out of formal education for several years, there will be special emphasis on initiative, motivation, and accomplishments and less on grade point average or tests.
Scholarships are one-year grants of $1,000. Applicants can re-apply yearly while they complete the two-year degree or certification program if they remain in good academic standing making progress toward completion.
Eligibility & Criteria
This scholarship is ONLY for students currently enrolled in or planning to enroll in a two-year degree program or certificate program — NOT for students already working on a 4-year degree.
If you’re pursuing a two-year degree or certificate with the intent of someday completing a 4-year degree, this is fine, so long as you’re still in your 2-year degree program.
Additional Requirements Include:
- Must be a resident of the seven-county area of Northern New Mexico (Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Taos).
- Must have received a high school diploma or GED.
- Eligibility is dependent upon one year or more away from formal education before returning to pursue new career opportunities. Preference will be shown toward applicants who are out of formal education more than two years.
- Preference may also be given to students pursuing programs related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related vocations, although strong applications in any program area will be considered.